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Is the Clearinghouse Optional?

The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (DACH) is a secure online database that enables employers, FMCSA, state law enforcement agencies, and driver licensing agencies to access real-time information about driver drug and alcohol violations. This is done to improve road safety in the US. The FMCSA Clearinghouse was launched on Jan. 6, 2020, and. as of [...]

Benefits of Using a Digitized DQ File Management Platform

The regulatory landscape in the transportation sector is changing rapidly. Amid the stringent regulatory requirements, even a small reporting or compliance mistake can land you in legal trouble and result in costly penalties. On top of that, a drop in your CSA score is sure to affect your business’s profitability. This is where a digitized [...]

Clearinghouse Monthly Report for May 2021

Registrations for the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse started on September 28, 2019. Individuals and organizations required to register with the Clearinghouse include: Commercial driver's license (CDL) holders Employers of commercial drivers Consortia/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs) Medical Review Officers (MROs) Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) The FMCSA issued a report in May 2021 in which it published [...]

Understanding the FMCSA’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

The FMCSA requires employers of commercial truck and bus drivers to register for the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. The deadline for registration was January 5, 2021. Non-compliance could lead to criminal and civil lawsuits of up to $5833 for every offense. The FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse went into effect on January 6, 2020. The congressionally [...]

By |June 30th, 2021|DOT Compliance, FMCSA Clearinghouse|Comments Off on Understanding the FMCSA’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Causes a Positive Drug Test?

Secondhand marijuana smoke harbors numerous health risks to exposed non-pot smokers. With the legalization of marijuana in many states, secondhand marijuana smoke exposure is becoming an increased cause of concern. Many people wonder whether secondhand marijuana smoke can cause a positive drug test. Effects of Secondhand Marijuana Smoke on Drug Test Many concerns have been [...]

Opiate Testing and Safety Concerns for Employers

The opioid epidemic presents serious challenges for employers. And most employers don't test for many commonly abused opioids. In 2018, the federal government added what is called "expanded opiates" to the DOT drug test panel. The expanded panel now includes many commonly prescribed pain killers and the result has been an increase in safety concern [...]

Top 8 Commonly Abused Non-Prescription Drugs

Non-prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, although helpful and convenient, come with an array of drawbacks and risks, such as the risk of addiction and abuse. When used long-term and in higher doses, many of these drugs can be deadly. Because of their accessibility and affordability (compared to prescription medication), OTC medication is frequently used for a [...]

By |February 19th, 2021|Drugs|0 Comments

COVID Testing: Fit-to-Fly – All the details

Pre-travel COVID testing is a way to avoid quarantine. You may even need a negative test to board a plane. Many US states and foreign countries have updated their travel rules and regulations. While some destinations may not have any specific travel guidelines, some airlines have prerequisites that you must follow to travel without any [...]

By |February 19th, 2021|COVID-19 Testing|Comments Off on COVID Testing: Fit-to-Fly – All the details

Failed DOT Drug Test – Stop Driving Immediately

Suppose you send a driver out with a shipment to a customer, and in the meantime, their DOT drug test results return positive. According to the FMCSA, the employer is legally obliged to remove the driver from their safety-sensitive duties immediately. That means immediately. Meaning NOW. However, with your shipment already on the way, and if you [...]

What if an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19?

With many states and cities lifting COVID lockdown restrictions, does your workplace have safety measures in place to cope with the new normal? As employees return to the workplace, employers must have strategies to ensure everyone's wellbeing. The novel coronavirus is here to stay, at least for now. And given its contagious nature, anyone at [...]